This week a new exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries aims to highlight the role of technicians in the workplace.
Technicians Make it Happen, commissioned by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, seeks to challenge outdated notions of who technicians are and what they do. Through photography, painting, video and artefacts, the free exhibition explores the crucial role technicians play across society and the rich diversity of the occupations that can rightfully and proudly be defined as ‘technician’.
Technicians are the linchpins of the UK economy. They play a crucial role in the growth of businesses that employ them. They don’t always have technician in their job title, but there’s barely a business in the country that could function without them.
Hannah Stanwix, from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation said:
From the sole trader plumber to the forensic lab technician, this country would grind to a halt if it wasn’t for the 1.5 million people who together are our nation’s technician workforce.
Come and meet the technicians who make so much happen."
Prospect’s Reg Tech project is supported by unionlearn and funded by the Gatsby Foundation and aims to promote and support technician registration. The union is working with organisations including Diamond Light Source, BRE and the John Innes Centre to encourage and support potential recipients.
Kirsi Kekki, unionlearn policy officer, said:
This exhibition is a really helpful introduction to who technicians are and what they do in British workplaces. Unionlearn's Technician Pathways project funded by Gatsby Foundation has been working with unions to raise the status of technician workforce and access to learning opportunities.
For young people technician apprenticeships offer exciting and important job roles and unions are in the workplace to support them."
The event runs until 9 April 2016 at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. It will be open from 10am to 5pm (3pm on Saturday)
To find out more about unionlearn's project to support technicians go to: www.unionlearn.org.uk/technician-pathways